The Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL), a registered charitable organization, is a leading national centre of expertise on energy and environmental policy and law issues relating to Alberta's energy and natural resources. Since its establishment in 1979, the Institute has developed an international reputation for excellence in resources, energy and environmental law, and pursues a three-fold mandate to undertake research, education and publication activities on energy and the environment.

Recent Submissions

  • The Peel Watershed Case: Implications for Aboriginal Consultation and Land Use Planning in Alberta 

    Jaremko, Sara L. (Canadian Institute of Resources Law, Law, University of Calgary, Canadian Institute of Resources Law, Publisher's version, 2017-03-31)
    As in Alberta, the Government of the Yukon has been working on comprehensive land-use planning legislation. The Yukon Court of Appeal decision considered the Peel Watershed Regional Plan that covers a large underpopulated ...
  • Species at Risk Act: A Comprehensive Inventory of Legislative Documents, 1973-2017 

    Hoffman, Nadine (Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL), Law, Libraries and Cultural Resources, University of Calgary, Publisher's version, 2018-03-02)
    The long and complex history of the enactment of the Canadian Species at Risk Act (SARA) made this statute a prime target for a legislative and documentary history. The sheer volume of, and difficulty in locating, documents ...
  • Reflexive legal processes for environmental bridging organizations in the Calgary Region 

    Stewart, Judy (Canadian Institute of Resources Law, http://www.cirl.ca, Law, Canadian Institute of Resources Law, University of Calgary, 2016-06-17)
    n Canadian provinces, municipalities are responsible for most land use management on private lands, and are encouraged to protect provincially owned natural resources from local land use impacts. Policy and regulatory gaps ...
  • A Critical Exploration of the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan in Alberta 

    Jaremko, Sara L. (Canadian Institute of Resources Law, http://www.cirl.ca, Law, Canadian Institute of Resources Law, University of Calgary, 2016-03)
    The Government of Alberta has in recent years been implementing comprehensive land use planning through policy and legislation. This paper will be a critical exploration of the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) under ...
  • Bill C-38 and the Evolution of the National Energy Board: The Changing Role of the National Energy Board from 1959 to 2015 

    Savage, Sonya (Canadian Institute of Resources Law, http://www.cirl.ca, Law, Canadian Institute of Resources Law, University of Calgary, 2016-02)
    This paper will explore how the legislative changes and the torqued political debate surrounding the development and transportation of crude oil is changing the role of the National Energy Board (NEB). It will examine how ...
  • ◾Linkage: Recent Developments in the EU, Australia, Quebec and California 

    Vaiciulis, Rolandas (Canadian Institute of Resources Law, http://www.cirl.ca, Law, Canadian Institute of Resources Law, University of Calgary, 2016-02-17)
    Emissions trading is not a new phenomenon. Emissions Trading Schemes (ETSs) have long been used as market-based environmental policy tools for combating climate change in a cost-effective way. Currently, the European Union ...
  • Reflections on Ecosystem Services: A Step Forward in the Protection of Nature? 

    Bruno, Giorilyn (Canadian Institute of Resources Law, http://www.cirl.ca, Law, Canadian Institute of Resources Law, University of Calgary, 2016-02-17)
    The theoretical concepts of ecosystem services were introduced in natural resource management to engage with the dominant political and economic perspectives and attempt to promote conservation in a pragmatic way. However, ...
  • Linking Emissions Trading Schemes: Analysis and Recommendations for EU-Australia and Quebec-California Linkages 

    Vaiciulis, Rolandas (Canadian Institute of Resources Law, http://www.cirl.ca, Law, Canadian Institute of Resources Law, University of Calgary, 2015-09)
    Since the introduction of international emissions trading by the Kyoto Protocol, the emissions trading mechanism used to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions appears to regain attention at both, the national and the ...
  • The Nuclear Fuel Waste Act and Canada’s Plan for the Long-Term Management of its Nuclear Fuel Waste 

    Sladic, Ramona (Canadian Institute of Resources Law, http://www.cirl.ca, Law, Canadian Institute of Resources Law, University of Calgary, 2015-07)
    In 2002, the Government of Canada passed the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (NFWA) which came into force on November 15 of the same year. The purpose of the NFWA is to “provide a framework to enable the Governor-in-Council to make, ...
  • Regulating Hydraulic Fracturing: Regulatory Recourse for Subsurface Communication 

    Howard, Kimberly (Canadian Institute of Resources Law, http://www.cirl.ca, Law, Canadian Institute of Resources Law, University of Calgary, 2015-09)
    This paper provides an overview of the legal framework for the regulation of hydraulic fracturing in Alberta and examines the potential regulatory options and liability for subsurface communication caused by hydraulic ...

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